Parrot Cage Perches

Written by Jill Morrison
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Perches are important furniture to parrots. The right shape, size, and material will produce a comfortable home. A parrot will spend most of his life on a perch. Several are needed to provide exercise and prevent foot abnormalities. Parrot cage perches are widely available in a variety of textures and sizes.

Selection of Parrot Cage Perches

Parrots prefer to sleep near the top of their cage. The best choice for a roosting perch is a natural wood branch. Ideally, the branch will vary in diameter so that the bird may choose the most comfortable sleeping spot. Parrots also enjoy removing the bark from branches. Safe woods used for parrot cage perches are apple, ash, beech, manzanita, pine, and willow. Branches must be insect and pesticide free.

A cement perch is useful to keep the bird's nails trimmed and rounded. It must be the right size, with the bird's feet wrapping three quarters of the way around the perch. A cement perch should be placed near a food or water dish to make sure that the bird uses it. The height of other perches should be varied, with no perch being directly above or below another.

Parrot cage perches must be kept clean. Droppings and food left on them can cause disease. Parrots have a habit of wiping their beaks on the perch while eating. A ten percent bleach and water solution is good for disinfecting perches. Clean, well-chosen perches will pay dividends, including health and contentment, for years to come.


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